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Hi I'm Tony

I grew up in Washington State but am now part of the Burgh. I am a project manager, geography nut, and former chef. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the church near my 21st birthday, and everyone thought I was crazy. I am now the father of 5 awesome children with a 14 year age range from oldest to youngest - so life is full and challenging. I love music, the outdoors, and especially cooking (hence my rotund physique). Early in life, I dropped out of college to pursue a career as a chef. After getting engaged, I went back to school to study geographic information systems and then 6 years later an MBA - all while starting a family and working full time. Cooking is now a hobby, but I still love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mennonite home, as my grandfather was a minister. When we moved away from the family, my parents stopped attending church. They were good people, but just did not feel comfortable in another church. We went to several different churches on occasion and I noticed similarities and differences in the Christian churches that confused me greatly. I started studying religions in general searching for the truth that I felt like I was missing. Every church seemed to me to have some truth, but all fell short as I studied more and more. One day I was reading the Book of Mormon that I got from a friend. I read over and over again the passage in Moroni 10:5 "And by the Holy Ghost, you shall know the truth of all things". This verse stuck in my mind and I reflected on it constantly. One day, I went to a Mormon church not knowing what to expect, and found good people trying to live the teachings that were taught. This impressed me more as I never saw such love and devotion in a congregation before of any faith. The next day I decided to ask God if this church was in fact His church and if the Book of Mormon was true. I was nervous because I knew that if the church was true, that I would have to change many things in my life and I would lose family and friends (as they disliked Mormons). But in the end I placed my trust in God and committed to follow His answer no matter what that answer was. I found a place in the woods where I could be alone and offered a prayer. After finishing, I felt the spirit of God rush through me and a feeling of joy that I cannot describe. I knew right there in a forest on an august night that God has indeed told me the truth of all things. I am a Mormon simply because God, our Heavenly Father, told me it was His true church on this earth. I am grateful every day for that moment.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of my everyday life. Studying the scriptures, prayer, and trying to follow the teachings of Christ are important to who I am. Faith to me is more than just giving lip service on Sunday, it is a constant striving to do the best that you can. Service is probably the most outwardly expression of my faith. Over the years I have been privileged to serve as a leader for youth, priesthood, and in the congregation. I have also taught both youth and adults in the gospel and have been active in the Boy Scouts. I get so much joy in life by service my family and those in my church and community.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

I make mistakes every day, and have done things in my life I am not proud of - especially in my youth. Sins cannot just be wished away, they become that permanent stain on your soul that can remain with you forever. Only a savior, one who is perfect and without sin, can remove this stain from you. That savior is Jesus Christ. He will literally forgive you of your sins and take them upon Himself and "Remember them no more". Show more Show less